ISLAMABAD - PTI chief Imran Khan has said he still stands by his words about judiciary and will not extend apology nor will back track from his stand point no matter if he is sent to jail or declared ineligible to hold membership of the National Assembly.

Talking to mediamen outside the Supreme Court building, his residence and expressing his views on a private TV channel programme on Friday, Imran said apology is offered at the time when some wrong doing is committed. “I have not said anything wrong which constitutes contempt of court. It is beyond comprehension as to why contempt of court notice has been issued to me,” he remarked.

He alleged returning officers in collusion with each other committed the biggest rigging in the history of the country. If judiciary is not independent then democracy cannot flourish. “We always fought for the cause of independent judiciary,” he remarked.

Expressing his views in a private TV channel program he said, “I have not committed any mistake, therefore, why I should tender apology. I am fighting the war of democracy in the country. I am ready to go to jail if they sentence me in contempt of court case. I will continue bringing to light the polls rigging.

“Chief justice has become controversial in Arsalan Iftikhar case and if the petition filed by PTI with regard to investigation into polls rigging is not heard then chief justice will become controversial once again”. 

Welcoming Aitzaz Ahsan’s offer for assistance in his case, Imran said “We will benefit from Aitzaz offer when we need it.”

He alleged that worst rigging in the history of Pakistan was committed in May 11 general elections. Election Commission and returning officers are involved therein, he said.

He called upon the government to quit US war and lodge strong protest with Washington against drone attacks. “Terrorism is escalating with the rise in drone strikes in the country,” he was of the view.

“I want to have a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief in closed doors on the issue of terrorism and I want to come to know about government policies and clandestine agreements,” he held.

“Forming government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is democratic right of PTI as it enjoys clear cut majority therein,” he said, adding PTI will bring about a marked change in the province and ensure norms of merit are put in place in all institutions.

KPK TO BE MADE A MODEL PROVINCE: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be made a modal in terms of good governance with the team work of the government machinery and elected leadership.

He said that the provincial government has the ability and capacity to bring about positive changes and replace the existing system with a new one as promised to the public in the general elections.   

Imran Khan visited Peshawar on Friday and spent a busy schedule. During his visit Imran Khan met with the government machinery, elected representatives of PTI and allied parties.

He also addressed the party workers and said that he was grateful to the people of the province in general and the people of Peshawar in particular for their trust they reposed in him and his party during the last general elections. He expressed the hope that they would support PTI in the upcoming bye-elections the way they have done in the last general elections.

He urged the party workers specially the youngsters and womenfolk to show the zeal and zest as they have showed in general elections and work hard to get the party candidates elected in the bye-elections.

Addressing the elected representatives of PTI and the allied parties Khan said that a new local government system would be introduced in the province in the near future. He said that the new system will empower the public at gross root level and it would solve the problems of the people at their doorsteps and they would not need to visit the public offices and elected representatives to get their problems solved.

Imran Khan said that PTI and its allied parties would work together with a focused approach to implement the change agenda in the province. “We will set an example of good governance and corruption free system in the province and a ruthless accountability will be carried out across the board,” he said. He said that postings and transfers of government employees will only be made on the basis of their performance and the elected representatives will have no hands in this matter.

Earlier addressing a meeting of the administrative heads of provincial departments and the high-ups of police, he expressed the hope that positive change in the province would soon be noticed. Imran Khan said that though the team of PTI is new one but it has the commitment and resolve to deliver. He stressed the need to have a national policy against terrorism and militancy.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak, Senior Provincial Minister Sirajul Haq and Sikandar Sherpao and other members of provincial cabinet, chief secretary Arbab Mohammad Shehzad and Inspector General Police Ehsan Ghani were also present on the occasion.